• Resident AAFP Leaders

    Elected and Appointed Positions

    Residents make significant contributions to family medicine as members of the wide variety of boards, commissions, and inter-organizational teams that shape the AAFP. Experience in a leadership role provides valuable career insight and unique mentorship opportunities. 

    Most resident leadership positions serve for a one-year term, many beginning in the fall.

    As medical care and health care reform undergo pivotal changes, the voice of family medicine's next generation of physicians is critical in shaping a future that aligns with the core principles of primary care. Learn what drew current leaders to their roles and find out what they hope to achieve through their skills and passion for family medicine.

    Elected National AAFP Leaders

    Kelly Thibert, DO, MPH
    Grant Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 AAFP Board of Directors Resident Member

    "As a resident, I interface with patients from various backgrounds and see first-hand the barriers to quality, affordable, healthcare for all. I believe that we are in a period where we need to cultivate a strong recommitment to primary care. With this task at hand, I believe that family medicine physicians play a crucial role in enacting the necessary changes within our healthcare system. Our specialty is in a prime position to address healthcare from a multitude of angles, including outside of the exam room, which will allow us to enable our country to better serve the most vulnerable populations. I am excited to serve as the resident member of the Board of Directors this coming year; to help improve patient access to quality, affordable healthcare and to continue to support the AAFP’s commitment to health equity." 

    Michelle Byrne

    Derek Baughman
    WellSpan Family Medicine Residency Program at Good Samaritan Hospital
    2020 Resident Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    In his role, Dr. Baughman represents resident member interestes at the AAFP Congress of Delegates and functions as a member of the AAFP Commission on Education.

    "I greatly respect the authority of policy and its ability to bring large-scale impact in organized medicine. This prospect drives my passion for empowering voices of current residents to help shape our medical training and my hope to improve the system for aspiring residents desiring change. But most of all, I’m thrilled at the opportunity to enhance the structure of healthcare for patients. The physician/policy-maker combination is a unique privilege: making a tangible difference by healing patients in the present while concurrently implementing system improvements to help patients in the future. I’m hopeful in supporting policies that mitigate patient’s barriers to care, ameliorate physician’s barriers to treatment, and challenge industry’s barriers to change. "

    Ben Meyerink

    Victoria L. Boggiano, MD, MPH
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Family Medicine Residency Program
    2020 Resident Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates

    "I hope to represent residents' collective views on important issues pertinent to medical education, residency training, and the health and well-being of the patients that we serve. I am also looking forward to learning more about how the AAFP CoD functions as a governing body."

    Matt Peters

    Elizabeth McIntosh, MD, MPH
    Grant Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 Resident Chair of National Conference

    "I want to remind residents of their "why" for going into Family Medicine and show students why they should choose the same. Family Medicine physicians provide high value care by building personal, long-term patient relationships and treating the whole person, not just disease. We are also ideal leaders of change for our health care system. Even though residency can be tough, the work that we do is rewarding and important, and I'm proud every day to be in this specialty!"

    AAFP Commissions

    Jose Flores-Rodarte, MD, MPH
    University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the Commission on Quality and Practice

    This leadership role includes the study of health care delivery systems (e.g., PCMH, ACOs), performance measurement, practice redesign/quality improvement, privileging, health information technology, practice management, private sector advocacy, and physician payment. 


    Devesh Vashishtha

    Jacqueline Britz, MD MSPH
    University of Virginia Family Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the Commission on Federal and State Policy

    "I look forward to serving as the resident member of the Commission on Federal and State Policy. I am a passionate advocate for policies that strengthen the health of communities, particularly those that are most underserved, as well as efforts to improve healthcare access and quality. I am also excited to support initiatives to engage more medical students and residents in advocacy." 

    Reshma Ramachandran

    Christen Johnson, MD, MPH
    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Family Medicine Residency
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the Commission on Health of the Public and Science

    "Serving on the commission for a second year, I hope to continue to give a voice to the resident perspective on the Commission on Health of the Public and Science as well as learn about new areas where the AAFP has begun to make an impact on the live of our patients.  I also hope to continue to encourage our student and resident members to be involved."

    Christen Johnson

    Clayton Cooper, MD, MBA
    Duke Family Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the Commission on Membership and Member Services

    "I hope to bring the resident voice to issues impacting medical students, residents, and physicians in practice. As our academy looks towards the future, I will do my part to ensure Family Medicine is well positioned to attract top medical students and train residents in an environment that fosters a rewarding career."

    Kelly Thibert

    Altelisha Taylor, MD, MPH 
    Emory University Family Medicine Residency
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the Commission on Continuing Professional Development

    "I hope to collaborate with other members on innovative ways to promote the continuing professional development of family medicine physicians. I'm eager to learn from the experienced doctors on this commission and continue to work on new ways to enhance the field of family medicine as a whole."

    Jaya Kasaraneni

    Representatives and Liaisons to Other Organizations

    Taylor Boland Rigby, MD
    University of Wisconsin--Madison Family Medicine Residency
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the American Medical Association - Resident and Fellow Section

    "I hope to teach my residency program about all of the great advocacy efforts that they can join through the AAFP. I also want to ensure that Family Medicine remains a loud and central voice in the issues that the AMA is debating. A successful health care system is built on a strong foundation of primary care; we need to be at the forefront as the future of medicine is decided in our own communities and on a national level."

    Kaci Larsen

    Jaya Kasaraneni, MD, MHA
    Texas Tech University at the Permian Basin Family & Community Medicine Residency
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the American Medical Association - Resident and Fellow Section

    "My intention in wanting to serve as the AMA - RFS representative from AAFP, was to primarily advocate for Family Medicine residents’ ever changing learning needs, as we continue to broaden the scope of practice. I also wanted to understand barriers to improving and narrowing the gaps in care for patients who need speciality care from a primary care perspective. "

    Tyson Schwab, MD, MS
    Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency
    2019-2020 Resident Delegate to the American Medical Association

    "I work to represent the AAFP membership and residents/student perspectives at the AMA House of Delegates. I hope to bring awareness and passion for primary care advocacy. I hope to enable others to create effective solutions for our current and future challenges in healthcare."

    Sara Martin, MD, MSc
    Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program
    2018-2020 ACGME Review Committee for Family Medicine Resident Member

    This leadership role is involved with residency education and accreditation at a national level, and gets mentoring opportunities with national leaders in family medicine residency education.                             

    "I am excited to be able to provide the resident voice to the review committee. My past experience as a teacher helps me to understand the challenges that programs face as I work to advocate for learners in a meaningful way."

    Sara Martin

    Kristina Laguerre, MD, MPH
    Sunrise GME Consortium, Southern Hills Hospital
    2019-2020 AAFP Foundation Resident Board Member

    "I am excited for the opportunity to continue working closely with the Board of Trustee members to advance the mission of the AAFP Foundation.  I look forward to continuing to promote the various humanitarian and educational efforts of the Foundation, especially as it pertains to residents.  I also hope to make more residents aware of all the great work the AAFP Foundation does and the resources available to residents."

    Kristina Laguerre

    Michael P. Flynn, MD
    UMass Worcester Family Medicine Residency
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors

    "As the AFMRD's resident representative, I hope to gain valuable insight into the residency director role and the issues facing both individual family medicine residencies and residencies as a whole across the country. I look forward to being a part of the collaborative process aimed at improving residency leadership and training along with learning valuable skills that will make me an effective leader (and potential residency director) in the future."

    Katherine Hart

    Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH
    Northwestern Family Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the FamMed PAC Board

    "I am delighted that the FamMed PAC Board has decided to designate a new spot specifically for a family medicine resident or student. This is an exciting development that resulted from the advocacy of the student and resident congresses which seek more transparency and involvement in the decision making of the PAC. My goal for the year is to deliver on those aims and by laying the groundwork for communication between the PAC and students and residents. Additionally, I'm looking forward to visioning what the role can be for future students and residents as the first full application cycle begins in 2020!"

    AAFP Advisory and Program Boards

    Steffano Mottl, MD
    Yuma Regional Medical Center Family & community Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the AAFP Center for Global Health Initiatives

    "In my position as a Resident representative, I intend to bring awareness to physicians across the nation about the growing number of opportunities in learning and practicing Global medicine.

    My objective is to encourage training physicians to entertain academic endeavors overseas, during Residency, as a refreshing professional alternative for those who seek to enrich their lives. 

    Similarly, I look forward to making of the Global Health annual conference a unique experience for young physicians around the world, by illustrating the multiple paths and tracks that Global Medicine has to offer." 

    Lauren Bull

    Katy Rooney, MD
    Rush Medical College
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board

    "As the resident representative to the Annals of Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Board, I look forward to getting involved in the operations of a peer-reviewed clinical research journal. From submission to publication to review, I hope to gain experience with each step of the complex process behind primary care research. I also hope to encourage other students and residents who are interested in Family Medicine to incorporate research into their careers."

    Katy Rooney

    Charlie Jose, MD, MPH
    University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the AAFP National Research Network Advisory Group

    "I believe research is an integral part of continually improving and streamlining primary care. My goals this year include working with the NRN to help provide more research opportunities and experiences for residents during training. I am particularly interested in bolstering research to address rural health care delivery."

    Courtney Pilkerton

    Yeri Park, MD
    Greater Lawrence Family Medicine Residency Program
    2019-2020 Resident Representative to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

    "I believe that exceptional teachers and mentors in family medicine are instrumental to address nationwide shortage of family physicians. As a Resident Representative to the STFM Board of Directors, I will work to ensure that our resident voices, as current trainees and future educators, are heard in development of STFM policies, so that residents continue to feel empowered to enter academic medicine." 

    Alexandra Gits